Mexican Trucks Issue – When the truth runs counter to your agenda

It’s only a concept document at this point, but it has opponents of Mexico and Mexican trucking in full propaganda mode.

The results of the former Cross Border Pilot Program proved that that the claims of the Teamsters, OOIDA and public safety groups were baseless and utterly false, but with this new round, that’s not stopping them.

Once again they’ve enlisted Phyllis Schafly, an anti-feminist, anti-ERA conspiracy whackjob to carry the torch for them and thoroughly distort the issue. In her column today in TOWN HALL she writes.

The concept document calls for a “review” of the Mexican carriers’ safety program, the driving records of Mexican drivers admitted to the program, and inspection of Mexican trucks for safety and emissions. But the document says nothing about what the standard of review and inspection will be, and whether trucks and drivers who don’t pass inspection will be rejected.

Under the concept document, Mexican trucks would be subject to border inspections at the “normal border inspection rate,” and subject to inspections within the U.S. “at the same rate as U.S. companies.” That doesn’t reassure us. The “normal” border inspection rate means that only a few violators will get caught, which the Mexicans will consider just a cost of doing business, and the notion that Mexican drivers need inspection only at the 50 percent U.S. rate is ridiculous.

U.S. law requires truck drivers to speak and understand the English language. The concept document says it will “conduct an English Language Proficiency” test of each Mexican driver, but it doesn’t say the Mexican drivers must speak English or pass the test.

The concept document contains other provisions about monitoring, inspections, review, and drug and alcohol inspection. But the document contains nothing about requiring Mexican trucks to meet U.S. standards and rejection if they do not….

Mexico claims the current ban violates our treaty obligations under NAFTA. That’s not true because NAFTA is not a treaty — it was never ratified by two-thirds of senators as our Constitution requires for a treaty and is merely a law passed in 1993 by a simple majority vote……..

This issue defeated one of our best conservatives in the House, the great track star Jim Ryun, R-Kansas, who unexpectedly lost his seat in 2006 after voting to admit Mexican trucks. The feminist Democrat who defeated Ryun, Nancy Boyda, then sponsored a bill to ban Mexican trucks, which passed the House by the overwhelming vote of 411 to 3, with the Senate passing a similar bill 75 to 23 — votes that are a good indication of popular opinion……..

Everything she says in her column is totally false, some comments out and out lies as anyone with a lick of sense can see after reading the concept document and reviewing FMCSA safety stats of Mexican trucks.

She also took time to quote another know nothing of the industry in regards to Mexican trucks, Todd Spencer of OOIDA who went even further in his fear mongering efforts.

Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, explained what this means: “U.S. truckers would be forced to forfeit their own economic opportunities, while companies and drivers from Mexico, free from equivalent regulatory burdens, take over their traffic lanes.” We wonder if Mexico has any regulatory standards at all.

Mexican trucks are known to be overweight and lacking in safety regulations we consider essential, such as anti-lock brakes. Mexico doesn’t have national databases that track drivers’ records, background checks, drug usage and arrests, and it’s known to be easy to get a commercial driver’s license with a bribe…….

Are they really Todd? Or is this more of your moonbattery to instill unreasonable fear in the minds of American truckers. We know for a fact that your assessment here is nothing more than a bald faced lie, and we’ve proved that time and time again.

And besides, what in the hell does an 81 year old anti feminist who opposes the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment know about Mexican trucks or trucking in general? She’s just a convenient mouthpiece for the opposition.